15 Great Middle School Graduation Gifts
For your very resilient child.
Finishing middle school is a big step in any kid’s life. Show your grad how proud you are with these great gifts, which are perfect for use in the summer, high school or both! From a high-tech water bottle to a dynamic drone, these finds are sure to please your rising ninth grader.
1. LARQ Self-Cleaning and Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
The Cadillac of hydration.
Sure, spending close to $100 on a water bottle seems a bit extreme, but hear us out: This sleek, insulated stainless steel number is self-cleaning, thanks to a non-toxic UV light in the cap. One charge lasts a month, so you don’t have to worry if your less-than-tidy teen tosses it in his gym bag and forgets to clean it for weeks ($95, amazon.com).
2. ILNCLUY Weighted Stainless Steel Hula Hoop
Everything old is new again.
Take it from TikTok: The latest fitness fad for the middle school set is a vintage throwback, weighted hula hoops. This one is easy to assemble and features comfy padded foam. Just add rice inside the hoop’s sections for a more intense workout ($40, amazon.com).
3. Drunk Elephant the Littles Kit
Go ahead, get yourself a set too.
If your teen is suddenly into prestige skincare, this travel kit by cult favorite Drunk Elephant has everything she needs: cleanser, three serums, facial oil, sunscreen, eye cream and the brand’s popular Protini Polypeptide Cream ($90, amazon.com).
4. Sony Wireless Headphones WH-CH510
The ear cups swivel, making these headphones easier to pack.
You don’t have to go broke getting your teen Bluetooth headphones. These are budget-friendly, provide decent quality audio, and, perhaps the best perk, offer up to 35 hours of playtime with a single charge ($58, amazon.com).
5. WhiteFang Skateboard
Available in five designs.
Make the summer before high school a bit more exciting for them with this gift. The durable, beginner-friendly board will get them outside and challenge them to perfect their riding abilities ($34, amazon.com).
6. Intex Watermelon Inflatable Island
Water required. Shades optional.
This sweet slice of watermelon isn’t just a fun pool accessory—it’s the perfect way for your teen to pose with her friends for the ‘gram ($40, amazon.com).
7. UBeesize Selfie Ring Light with Tripod Stand & Cell Phone Holder
You’ll want to borrow it for your Zoom calls.
If your budding beauty vlogger or TikTok comedian has been begging for a ring light, this is the model they need. It features a rotatable phone holder, extends from 17.5 to 51 inches and provides three lighting options: warm, cool or day. They’ll be making enough money to cover their college fund in no time ($30, amazon.com).
8. LBell Wakeup Light
They can set the light to one of seven shades.
No one likes to start their day with a shock. This alarm clock acts as a sunlight simulator, gently nudging them awake by slowly brightening up the room. But don’t worry—an actual alarm still goes off at the end ($34, amazon.com).
9. Rocketbook Core
Once the whole page is filled, they can wipe it clean with a damp cloth.
Running out of paper is never an issue with this 32-page notebook. When your middle school grad writes in it with any Pilot Frixion pen, marker or highlighter (there’s one included), and then takes a cell phone snapshot, all the notes get saved to a cloud service like Google Drive in seconds ($34, amazon.com).
10. Original Sugarwish
There are over 80 candies offered, including gummy bears and jelly beans.
Going the sweet-treat route? Make sure you really get it right with the help of Sugarwish. The company sends gift boxes with small quantities of different candies. Just let them know how many kinds to send, and they’ll email your grad for specifics. In a short amount of time, the candies will arrive—in super-cute packaging, of course (starting at $20 for two types, sugarwish.com).
11. Sphero Bolt App-Enabled Robot
Made with a scratch-resistant shell, this device will still look great even after hours of play.
12. Canyoze Screen Magnifier
If you have trouble reading text on tiny screens, you’ll probably want one for yourself.
This makes watching videos from a cell phone much easier on the eyes. The screen magnifies images three times larger ($10, amazon.com).
13. Doinkit Darts Magnetic Dart Board
This game is still loved by many.
This classic gift is both an activity and room decor. You’ll be happy too; the pieces won’t damage your walls or send your kid to the emergency room ($30, amazon.com).
14. Vlando Travel Organizer
This can fit jewelry or hair accessories.
Give her necklaces, rings and earrings a safe home inside this organizer, which is cute enough to be displayed 24-7 on her dresser ($13, amazon.com).
15. DBPOWER MJX X400W FPV Drone
Have them bring this when you go to the park together.
Capturing amazing aerial shots of the outdoors is totally doable with this drone. The live video function of the gadget’s accompanying app lets your grad view exactly what the camera is seeing as the drone flies above ($60, amazon.com).
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